Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday before the Trip

We spent the day making sure we have everything that we need. You’d think we were going to the moon or something! And then I got thinking about all the trips I’ve done from Nova Scotia to Inuvik, Nova Scotia to Victoria, and so on. I realize that it takes as long to go from Halifax to Calgary as it does from Halifax to London. While there is a 3 hour time difference between Nova Scotia and Alberta, there is a 4 hour difference between Nova Scotia and England. And so we now have everything one would ever want on one of those grand Victorian treks into the unknown. I’m taking some of Dad’s memorabilia with us to ‘show and tell’ when we get to As.

I spent a fair amount of time this aft getting Google maps for the drive from Brussels – the Eurostar train station, where we pick up the rental car – to As. I asked for a GPS so we’ll have to figure out how to make it work. Having never used one of these gizmos before, I figured it would be good to have a real road map complete with directions just in case. Getting out of Brussels is probably the trickiest part for us.

Sally the dog (7 month old black Lab) goes off to the local kennel after lunch. We will take off for Halifax around 3 tomorrow afternoon – it takes 2 hours to get to Dartmouth (on the other side of the harbour from Halifax) - have dinner with Bill’s sister Maggie and her husband Brian (they live in Dartmouth) and then head out early for our flight from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. We’re giving ourselves about three hours lead time to get checked in, go through security and customs and do it in a relaxed fashion.

I’ll start another post when we get tucked in on the plane at midnight.

In the meantime, here’s one of my favourite pictures of Dad – what a dashing guy he was!

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